Big brain evolution: changes in sapiens skull shape (Evolution)

by dhw, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:47 (296 days ago) @ David Turell

Dhw: in both modes, the dualist’s s/s/c THINKS. But in earthly life it interacts with the brain, which collects information and expresses or implements thought. Software/hardware, to use your favourite image. And NDEs, in which the s/s/c THINKS without a functional brain, are regarded as evidence that in this life the mind is a separate entity from the body (= dualism). Clear?

DAVID: Accepted.

You have accepted this many times, and it will save us both a lot of time if you stick to it! I will keep reminding you.

DAVID: I've gone so far as agree with you God might have provided a speciation mechanism in organisms, but we have found no evidence of it so far.

dhw: You do sometimes make this concession, but when pressed you insist on qualifying it with “guidelines” (as above) and ultimately with a refusal to consider (perhaps God-given) autonomy, which is the key to my whole hypothesis. I have always acknowledged that we do not have evidence that cell communities (organisms) are intelligent enough to provide the major innovations that result in speciation (broad sense). There is no evidence of a 3.8-billion-year-old computer programme or of divine dabbling either.

DAVID: You are just describing your fence sitting. I see teleology and design by God.

This is not a description of fence-sitting: it is a clear hypothesis concerning how evolution works, which offers a possible God’s teleology and design that are different from your version of a possible God’s teleology and design.


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